The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed another former Chicago Bear as safety Major Wright has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucs according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Wright has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Bucs.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) April 4, 2014
Wright played under Bucs head coach Lovie Smith for three of his four years in the league so he has familiarity with the kind of defense that will be played in Tampa.
The 25-year-old had a career high 100 tackles last season on a terrible Bears defense but didn’t play at the level he did in his first three seasons in the league, which is reflected by the fact that it took him nearly a month to sign with a new team.
He was drafted in the third round by the Bears out of Florida and during his time in Chicago he had nine interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. He had seven of those picks over the course of the 2011 and 2012 seasons when Smith was the Bears head coach.
During the course of his career, Wright has played both safety positions so he’ll provide good depth behind Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron.
However, unless something drastic happens, Wright won’t be displacing either Goldson or Barron as a starter.
Nevertheless, it’s good depth for the Bucs. Keith Tandy is the only player currently on the Bucs roster who has had extensive playing time in the NFL and Wright presents an upgrade over him.